An additional of one (1) day for August 21, 2018 holiday will be paid to each employee for union members of Igloo Philippines Labor Union (IPLU) who did not work on said date after AVA Elmer D. Nitura settled their voluntary arbitration case, Director Feliciano R. Orihuela, Jr. announced recently.
Orihuela, in her report to OIC Director Maria Teresita L. Cancio, said that the union initially filed a Notice to Arbitrate Case (NTA) against Igloo Supply Chain Philippines, Inc. claiming holiday pay for August 21, 2018 (Ninoy Aquino Day) per CBA and legal holiday pay for Ed’l Adha. Later, they decided to submit to voluntary arbitration the issues of: 1.) Union asking for double compensation for August 21, 2018 (200% pay for those who did not work; and, 2.) Whether or not August 21, 2018 as Ninoy Aquino day be paid of holiday pay as provided for the CBA and likewise be paid of holiday pay as Ed’l Adha.
After two (2) hearings, or on January 15, 2019, the parties appeared and informed AVA Nitura that they have agreed to settle the issue following the guidelines and parameters explained to them by AVA Nitura during the initial hearing on December 04, 2018. AVA Nitura released an Order dated January 15, 2019 on January 24, 2019, approving the agreement and considered it closed and terminated.